Pasadena Greek Festival returns to Santa Anita Park

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Leave your bags behind and take a quick trip to Arcadia from Sept. 16 to 18 for a taste of Grecian culture with the return of the Pasadena Greek Festival. 

The weekend will include entertainment from the “Olympians,” visual art, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live cooking demonstrations, a live wine chat, Greek folk dancing and lectures about the country’s history and religion, as well as a kid’s fun zone with carnival games, rides and prizes. 
Festival hours are from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 16; noon to 1 a.m. on Sept. 17; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sept. 18. Admission is $5 and children under 12 years old are free. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Park. 
For more details, call 626-600-1672 or visit www.pasadenagreekfest.org. 

(Photo courtesy by pasadenagreekfest.org)

Cocktail culture comes east: 1886 bar opens at The Raymond in Pasadena




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Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the new watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant.

The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope.

Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.

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‘Beauty and Power’: Rare bronze statuettes on display at Huntington Library

 
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Bronze sculpture is one figurative art form that lends itself most naturally to raw renderings of human emotion. The deep, lustrous metal alloy has a range of surface qualities that, in the hands of a capable sculptor, can be used to express vivid pathos.
Just take a look at these powerful photos of some of the 28 bronze statuettes that comprise “Beauty and Power,” a new exhibition at the Huntington Library.
Visitors to the exhibit are getting a rare look at Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from the private collection of New York architect Peter Marino.
Originating from Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands, the bronzes date back to between 1500 and the mid-18th century.
The exhibition opened at the Wallace Collection in London in April. Before that, most of the works never had been on public view.
The Huntington is the first venue in the exhibit’s U.S. tour.
On display through Jan. 24, 2011. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery at The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. (626) 405-2100, huntington.org
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2011 Rose Queen wears a new Swarovski crystal-bedecked crown

 
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When 2011 Rose Queen Evanne Elizabeth Friedmann was officially crowned yesterday in a ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center, there was something extra sparkly about her, and it wasn’t just that dazzling set of chompers.
The Rose Queen this year is sporting a brand-new crown, designed by Pasadena’s own Jairo and Karen Lizarazu.
David Gordon, spokesman for the Tournament of Roses, provides some details on the royal headwear:
  • The crystal elements are Swarovski round-brilliant and baguette cuts, and the crown is finished with rhodium.
  • The six princess tiaras were designed to complement the Rose Queen’s crown.
  • It was crafted by Dina, Inc., a pageant tiara and crown manufacturer based in Cranston, R.I.
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The new crown replaces one, seen at right, that was first introduced for the 2005 parade. That crown, designed by Mikimoto, was set in silver and featured 10 white South Sea pearls, 632 Akoya cultured pearls and 6.09 carats in diamonds. (It was the first Rose Queen crown to be made of truly precious materials, and it was estimated to be worth more than $100,000.)
Last year, we posted a retrospective on Rose Queen crowns through history, which you can read here.
(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Celebrate Shanghai with the summer’s final Fusion Fridays event at Pacific Asia Museum

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The summertime fun of Fusion Fridays is coming to an end in classic Shanghai style.
Get dolled up in cocktail or 1930s attire for the series’ grand finale. It’s a nightlife vibe mixed with fine art — focusing on the exhibit “China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970.” Expect gourmet food trucks in the parking lot, open bar, a live DJ in the courtyard and cultural performances.
Tomorrow, Aug. 27, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. $10 members, $15 advanced, $20 at door. Limited capacity. (626) 449-2742, pacificasiamuseum.org
(File photos from “China Modern: Designing Popular Culture”)

Party on the platform: A celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge

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If structures in the city play a starring role in the film reel of Pasadena’s life, the Colorado Street Bridge would be its perennial headliner. Once again this year, the roadway will be closed to traffic for a celebration on the iconic concrete archway that spans the Arroyo Seco. Enjoy live music, dancing, antique cars, activities for the kids and plenty of foods and beverages for sale from local vendors.
Tomorrow, July 10, 6-11 p.m., Colorado Street Bridge. Tickets at the gate: adults, $15; children 7 to 11, $7; under 7, free. (626) 441-6333, pasadenaheritage.org
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Weekend guide: Fusion Fridays, open house at JPL, and freebie day at Museums of the Arroyo

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Friday, May 14
  • Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum
Premiering Friday is Pacific Asia Museum’s dynamic summertime mix of art, conversation, music, dance, drinks and food — from your favorite mobile gourmet food like The Sweets Truck and Frysmith. Cocktail attire or Asian-fusion dress encouraged. This month’s event, held in the courtyard and throughout the museum complex, highlights the art of India and Pakistan through Bhangra DJ music, dance performances, mehndi body art and a miniature art project celebrating current PacAsia Museum exhibits.
$10 admission; free for members. Friday, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 46 N. Los Robles Ave., pacificasiamuseum.org
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Photos: L.A. Heritage Day at the Heritage Square Museum


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The third annual L.A. Heritage Day was held Sunday at the Heritage Square Museum, nestled along the Pasadena Freeway near the Arroyo Seco.
The day was an opportunity to step inside some of the historic structures now located at the museum. Each has been relocated to Heritage Square to be saved from demolition and to be preserved as a record of Southern California’s early development and architecture.

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